The idea for City of Life started more than 15 years ago at a local group home for foster care youth who were about to age out of the system. Four bright, energetic and attractive young women were about to graduate from a local high school and leave the system that had taken care of them for more than 15 years of their lives.
The system had apparently worked for these young women, three of which were born in jail from mothers who had addiction problems. That history did not seem to matter as these young women who were about to go out and conquer the world all had positive goals – all were ambitious – all were going to be successful in life.
To top it off, a board member, a provost from a local community college, offered the young ladies three things; free tuition; free books, and a mentor - him. The college was only fifteen minutes away from where they lived – None Showed Up! It was simply a bad idea for the community to expect a young person at age 18 to find:
Bad idea! After all those years and all that support money in the custody of the state, they were turned out to the world expected to act like an adult making good adult decisions – Bad Idea!
So we asked three questions:
What we stand for:
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improving family life,
knowledge and understanding!
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Pat Buffa, President and CEO